Monday, October 30, 2017

Unite the League: Batman (DC Rebirth) from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

   While I read the trade paperback releases and am always a bit behind, I ca tell you that from everything I've read of Rebirth so far (which is quite a bit) it is excellent. The eponymous Batman series by Tom King and David Finch has been incredible, nicely differentiating itself from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's very unique run on the series during the New 52. Being that he's Batman, you know that Mattel just had to get a figure of him released in his New 52 costume as soon as possible. Mattel seems to be quite invested in Rebirth which is a good thing as it has been a quality run of books, easily offering up some of the best and most consistent stuff DC has ever done. Let's see if Mattel is also offering up some quality product after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 1/2 inches

Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, H-hinged hips, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: Collect and Connect figure Rookie's right leg.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

 The Positives:

* I really like the style of this figure. It has a very clean, modern look to it that sets it apart from a number of other releases. It appears to mostly be a unique sculpt, too, as nearly every piece features some very distinctive elements that resemble the costume seen in the Rebirth Batman suit.

* While the articulation is the standard DCUC styled articulation that I've complained about on most of the DCEU figures, it's decent here. While I still await the day Mattel gives all of the figures swivel/hinge wrists and swivel/hinge ankles, this guy can take some decent poses and is plenty of fun to play around with.

 * Here's a close-up of he headsculpt. It's classic Batman and looks great. It almost reminds me of a slightly less caricatured version of the Batman: The Animated Series design.

* The logo on Bruce's chest not only looks great but it is also a sculpted element. That's a nice feature. The belt is a separate piece too and helps to give the figure a much more interesting feel.

 * The gauntlet spikes are short but they look good and are nice and straight. No bending at all!

 *  Batman includes the right leg of the Rookie. I'll review this guy fully once I review all of the other figures but, for now, let's just say he looks pretty cool.
 The Negatives:

* I love the way the cape sits on the shoulders. It does hinder the shoulder movement pretty severely, though. You can get some movement, but it's a chore.

* Batman. Comes. Empty. Handed. Batman should never come empty handed. The guy uses so many cool gadgets, so why would you ever send him in empty handed?

  I really like Mattel's Rebirth Batman. He definitely could be improved upon but the figure we've received looks really could and matches the comic styling well. There have been lots of Batman figures released in the Multiverse line (way more than I think DCUC ever had) but this guy adds definitely feels like a worthwhile addition. As a DC reader I'm really liking that Mattel is trying to offer us modern interpretations of characters who are currently appearing in stories (because, let's be honest, DC Collectibles sure as heck seems to have no interest in doing so). Batman is a Good and a 1/2 figure and a nice version of Batman that should be pretty significant in showing off another stage in the character's long and storied history.

I've reviewed so many Batman figures that he has his own review archive on the website. Check them all out here! If you're looking for more DC Comics Multiverse figures, check out the following:

Batgirl (The Batgirl of Burnside)
Batman (Batman: Zero Year)
Damian Wayne Robin (Robin War) 
Earth 23 Superman
Jim Gordon Batman (Batman: Superheavy)
The Joker (Batman: Endgame)
Justice Buster

The Arrow

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Armored Batman (The Dark Knight Returns)
Batman & Superman (The Dark Knight Returns)
The Flash & The Atom (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
The Joker (The Dark Knight Returns) 
Mutant Leader (The Dark Knight Returns)
Robin (The Dark Knight Returns) 
Son of Batman

Batman v. Superman
Armored Batman
Bat Creature
Batman's Grapnel Blaster (Collect & Connect accessory) 
Batman Unmasked
Knightmare Batman
Lex Luthor
Wonder Woman

DC's Legends of Tomorrow 
The Atom

The Flash
Reverse Flash (The Flash TV Series)

Justice League
Batman (Wal-Mart Exclusive) 
Cyborg (Wal-Mart Exclusive)
The Flash
Mother Boxes (Collect & Connect Accessory)
Steppenwolf (Collect & Connect Figure)
Wonder Woman 

Suicide Squad
Croc (Build-a-Figure)
Harley Quinn (6 inch) 
Harley Quinn (12 inch)
Harley Quinn (Gold Dress)
Harley Quinn (Toys R Us Exclusive)
The Joker 
The Joker (Toys R Us Exclusive)
Rick Flag 


Wonder Woman
Diana of Themyscira
Queen Hippolyta
Steve Trevor 
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (Toys 'R Us exclusive)

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